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William Fuld
Trade Catalog

Most of the pictures below were taken from William Fuld's personal 1920s catalog he kept to showcase the toys, games, and amusements he manufactured. Many of these pictures were also sent out in a small catalog to the trade seen left. Where possible we will print what appears in this catalog. As you flip through these pages you begin to get an idea of just how many different things William Fuld manufactured. These items were ordered and shipped throughout the United States. Do you have any of these items in your basement or attic? Unfortunately over the years many Fuld products were lost, and we are desperately trying to recreate a collection of all his products. If you have an item with a Fuld stamp or a label on it please click here and let us know. This is in no way a complete catalog of their products so if you see something missing give us a shout.

For a complete listing of William's Ouija board patents, trademarks, and copyrights click here. For a complete listing of all his non-Ouija board patents, trademarks, and copyrights click here.

“To the trade:
Price list, etc. will be mailed promptly at request. All agreements are contingent upon strikes, accidents, delays etc, unavoidable or beyond our control. Price subject to change without notice. All goods shipped F.O.B. Factory Baltimore, Maryland. Numbers of articles packed to case, carton, or crate are named after each item in catalog and when orders are sent for less quantities than stated we must make charge for casing on account of the additional cost of packing smaller lots. William Fuld Manufacturer of Patent Games, Home Amusements, Novelties, Parlor Pool Tables, “Ouija” and “Oracle” Talking Boards, Etc. Factory Offices and Showrooms: Harford Avenue, Lamont Avenue, and Federal Street. Baltimore M.D. U.S.A. We have No Branch Factories or Offices.”

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Baker's Rack/Ouija Oil

Baker's Rack & Ouija Oil
Few people know that William Fuld made anything other than the Ouija board let alone furniture. He actually made a few pieces and these baker's racks are great examples of them. Since most of his products were made of wood, manufacturing wooden furniture seems like a natural progression. One of the most interesting things in these photographs are the bottles of Ouija Oil found resting on the racks. No, the oil wasn't used for baking or cooking, but William often put things in the background of his photographs for people to discover. If you look closely, you can see a bottle and the box. Other fun things are baking soda, biscuits, soap, graham crackers, and a rolling pin. Everything you might need in your kitchen!

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Bean-Bag & Ring-Post

Bean-Bag & Ring-Post
“To Play Ring Post, Insert Pegs in Holes. Board substantially made of three-play veneer. Has stand on back to hold board at proper angle when playing the game. Two three-inch and one four-inch hole cut out of the board. Three bags, assorted colors furnished for playing Bean Bag Game, and three rope rings with knob attached for playing Ring Post. Packed 1 dozen to carton. Weight, 30 lbs.” To give people the most for their money, combination games were created. Here, Bean-Bag and Ring-Post are combined. An offshoot of horseshoe tossing, these games were much safer to play. All that remains of this combo are these few pictures.

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Single Beds

Beds
“Doll Beds. Finished in mahogany, with pretty cretonne mattress. Each packed in paper box. Nos. 36 and 37 have pillows. Made in the following sizes: No. 35 - 19” x 9” high. Packed ½ doz. to a carton. Weight, 20 lbs.” This bed is too hard, this bed is too soft, but this bed is just right! Your doll won't have to worry about finding the perfect bed with these great choices.

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Circle-Slide

Circle-Slide
“Place glass circle on wooden slide and shoot off with finger to cover numbers in the rings. Number must be completely covered by the glass. The one making the highest score wins the game. In corner pool the player who pockets the greatest number of discs is the winner.” Another example of combination games, Circle-Slide combines pool with shuffle board. With glass pieces, it might not make the child safety standards we set today but back in the 20s it surely was a winner. Way more entertaining than Chutes and Ladders! With points earned in intervals of ten from ten to one-hundred, the game must have moved quickly. Not listed in the above trade catalog, and not having seen an actual example of this game, we aren't too sure of the dimensions. However, billed as a child's game it couldn't have been too big or too heavy.

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Fifty-Seven Game Board

Combination Fifty-Seven Game Board
“Both panels, square and round corner frames, are 26” x 26. Reversible net pockets on both styles. The panel is made of three-ply natural finish veneer, with neat and attractive designs lithographed in red and black. Complete equipment (88 parts for playing 57 games.) Two wooden cues, dice, dice cups, ten pins, rings, book of instructions, etc. The game of Mill or Three In A Row will be found very interesting and an entire evening's diversion may be obtained by playing his fascination game and the many different features of this popular board. No. 57-Round corner. Packed 1 to a carton. Weight 9 lbs. No. 57-Square corner. Packed 1 to a carton. Weight 9 lbs.”

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Croquet Set

Croquet
“No. 74 - Four 9 ½” mallets, four balls, wire arches. 2 posts and tape to prevent balls from rolling off table. Mallets, etc.. nicely finished. Packed in cardboard box 5” x 11”. One dozen sets to package. Weight 15 pounds.” Whether you play Croquet as a sport, or a pastime hitting something hard is always fun. Related to golf and cricket it made its way from Ireland to France and back to England. Once played only by the aristocracy sets like Fuld's brought this game to the average Joe. Today there are many versions of croquet including competitive, association, golf, American six-wheel, and backyard. Other variants are mondo, xtreme, and bicycle. With terms like “backward ball, ball in hand, ball in play, booby, and continuation stroke” it's sometimes hard not to giggle and laugh out loud while watching a round of Croquet. We think that's half the fun!

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Dart Boards

Dart Board
“Cork Face Dart Boards – 20 Point No. 2 P. B. Dart Board. Both faces granulated cork mounted on 3/8” plywood. 20 point game on one side finished in two attractive colors with dividers. Baseball on the reverse side. This game combines all the excitement of baseball with dart throwing. Covers every possible play of a ball game. Boxed individually with three needle point darts. Packed ½ dozen, 1 dozen to carton. Weight per dozen, 43 pounds. Price $1.50. No. 2 W. B. Dart Board. Same as above except with wire dividers instead of lines on 20 point side. Packed ½ dozen, 1 dozen to carton. Weight per dozen, 49 pounds. Price $2.00. Target Game – No. 2 C. T. Dart Board. Target game on one side, granulated cork mounted on 3/8” plywood. Finished in two attractive colors. Back varnished. Size 18” x 18”. Equipped with three needle point darts. Each set individually boxed. Packed ½ dozen, 1 dozen carton. Weight per dozen 40 lbs. Price $1.00. No. 2 V. T. Dart board. Target game for vacuum tip darts. Same as above, finished in three attractive colors on three ply veneer panel. Size 18” x 18”. Back varnished. Boxed individually with three vacuum tipped darts. Packed ½ dozen, 1 dozen carton. Weight per dozen 37 lbs. Price $1.00.”

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Donkey & Cart

Donkey & Cart
Which came first? The donkey or the cart? All kidding aside, William Fuld manufactured an assortment of moveable wooden toy animals. Some of these were patented and some like this one were not. From the picture, it appears the only moving pieces on this toy are the wheels. If you had some sand and needed to move it from one side of the sandbox to the other this toy might do the trick.

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Wheeled Frog

Frog with Wheels
Perhaps the original inspiration for Frogger? Possibly. This Frog surely could jump! What makes this toy unique is that the person who filed the patent (No. 1,329,338) was Katherine Bowie Fuld, not her father William. Katherine would have been 23 years old when the patent was granted so it is entirely possible that Katherine did invent this. However, Kathy her niece feels that it was probably William putting her name on the paperwork as a gift to her daughter. A careful review of this patent shows us that someone had considerable foresight. It states “I realize that considerable variation is possible in the details of my invention, and I therefore do not intend to limit myself to the specific form shown and described.” William Fuld signs this patent as a witness.

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Billiard and Pool Tables

Pool Tables
“The great home entertainer, the game that never grows old. It is very interesting for both young and old, and is growing more popular as a home amusement every season. Keeps the boys at home, provides hours of enjoyment, develops skill and judgment. Our prices are in the reach of all. On our “Return Pool” Tables the device brings the balls that enter the pockets back to the player. The tables are finished in imitation mahogany, and the rich color makes a most beautiful contrast with the green felt of the beds and cushions. The beds of our tables are made of well-seasoned wood, treated so that they will nor warp or twist out of shape, are fastened securely into the side rails, and being light in weight are much preferred to the heavy slatebed tables, which are liable to breakage in transportation. The corners are mortised and strongly joined.

The larger tables have cushions of a good quality rubber, accurate and durable. The workmanship in these tables is particularly fine. Great care has been used in every step in the process of manufacture. Each table comes packed in a carton and is ready to use when removed. Each table packed with 15 numbered balls, assorted colors: white spot ball, 2 cues, triangle, directions, etc., and is ready for use when received.” William had two patents on billiard and pool tables (No. 476,046 and No. 1,002,666.) In fact, William's first patent was on a pool table.

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Push-Ball

Push-Ball
Push-Ball seems to be a relative of shuffle board and pool as many of William's games are. This game is not found in the trade catalog and only William's personal product album. Unfortunately, this means we have no writing, directions, or description of the game. With only a picture, it's difficult to imagine its dimensions. It appears that the it comes with the board, a cue stick, and six swirl colored balls. The face of the board itself is probably covered in green felt and is marked from ten to fifty on the left and the right. However, it must have sold well as it's found in the picture of William Fuld's New York Toy display at the McAlpin Hotel in Room 507. If you have ever seen this game or have one please navigate to our contact section and let us know. Perhaps you can help us discover more about William's Push-Ball.

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Ring Toss

Ring Toss
“No. 59 – One base 6” square, one peg 6” high, and three rings. Packed 1 dozen to carton. Weight 15 pounds.” They say that there's no such thing as close except in horseshoes and hand grenades. If it's raining outside or if your aim isn't up to par try William's Ring-Toss with rope rings and never worry about causing anyone bodily injury again.”

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Rocking Circus

Rocking Circus
“No. 24 – Size 13” long by 4” wide by 13” high. Platform Rockers, and Clowns made of three-ply veneer. Rockers finished in blue, with all details of circus lithographed on same. Clowns enameled white. When toy is rocked clowns tumble and kick ball from one to another. A real delight for the kiddies. Clowns fold on platform when packed. Each toy in individual box. Put up ½ dozen to carton. Weight 20 lbs.” A personal favorite of ours, William held both a trademark on Rocking Circus (No. 171,003) and a design patent (No. D63,330) on how it looked. This is a great example of moveable toys in the 1920s.

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Roll-Over

Roll-Over
The directions on the board itself read “Each player rolls six marbles. The one making highest score wins the game. To play bagatelle remove slide and use cues.” There are four brass cups arranged in a triangle located at the top of the board. Each cup is labeled ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, or one-hundred. The brass cups look to be the same ones used in his Return Pool which would give the parts William manufactured more uses. Much like a few of his other game boards there is a billiard element in its creation. An evolution of croquet and shuffle board these smaller versions allowed once outdoor only games to be played inside. Just as rain, sleet, and snow won't stop your mail from being delivered, the weather won't stop you from playing Roll-Over or bagatelle. Games such as these evolved into more modern ones such as pinball.

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Sand Pail

Sand Pail
“Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream. Bum bum bum bum...” At least bring me some sand! And with these fabulous sand pails you'll be the talk of the beach or your sandbox. Hubert Fuld told us that the secretaries for the company would paint and decorate these wooden pails. Like snowflakes, no two pails are the same. They also made sandboxes as well. How many pails have you seen that have stylish beads like these? The pails did not have William Fuld printed on them so it would be difficult to verify if one of these pails were his. That being said we have never seen a wooden pail before so there may not be many to distinguish from. We are sure that this one is a Fuld sand pail because Hubert kept it all these years.

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Swinging Man

Swinging Man
While this guy may not be the traveling gnome, this swinging man toy sits on the edge of your table. One of the ridges on its shaft hook on the lip of the table and the weight on the bottom allows it to swing up and down. While it may not provide you with hours of entertainment, it creates a real neat effect of the little man sawing your table in two.

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Folding Tables

Tables
The swinging toy above would swing perfectly on this table! It was patented (No. 1,381,588) by Harry G. Norwood and assigned to William Fuld. Of course, there were tables before this one but this particular table has a trick. The legs fold up much like television tables except the legs fit completely under the top making it easier to store in small places. These tables came in both natural and mahogany finishes. They are also displayed in the picture of William Fuld's New York Toy display at the McAlpin Hotel in Room 507. Size wise they look to be perfect stands for William's smaller pool tables. They do look like they would make great T. V. stands when your hungry and just can't miss your favorite show.

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Wagons

Wagons
These wagons may not be the little red ones you remember, but they surely could get the job done. Manufactured out of wood these wagons came in two different models. The Express has four wheels and a large storage area. The Parcels has only two. Both wagons feature an arm with a T at the top to pull the wagons and the large letters W and F on either side of the Express and Parcels to let the everyone know this was an original William Fuld product. If you had already purchased the sand pail and sandbox, these wagons were a must! If everyone wasn't playing nicely in the sandbox you could simply move the sandbox! Only these pictures remain of the Express and Parcel. Since they were not featured in the 1920s trade catalog or in the Room 507 picture, we have no record of dimensions or price.

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Wardrobes

Wardrobes for Dolls
“No. 51 – Wardrobe, 16 ½” high, 11” wide, 61/2” deep. Finished in blue enamel, with pretty transfers on doors and brass trimmings on lower drawer and doors. Has two shelves, rack and coat hooks in top section and drawer at bottom for clothes. Each in individual box. Packed ¼ doz. to a carton. Weight 20 lbs.” If you have a favorite doll then you need a place to store all of her designer outfits. Evening wear, dresses, and coats all have a new home with this wardrobe If your doll had a shoe fetish she could store all those shoes in the bottom drawer as well. Presumably, it matched the doll beds and your dolly could have a matching set. Forget about Barbie's dream house, if you really cared about your doll you'd buy one of these and make everyone jealous.